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Wool Short-tail Hood


    • Based on contemporary medieval artwork (see Historical Inspirations below)
    • Also made in Linen
    • Available in a medieval palette of natural and jewel tones
    • If you would like to order this in one of our patterned wools – use that selection in the drop down and specify which pattern (from the swatches below) in the notes of your order.
    • Can be custom ordered in any color combination as a Parti-colored +$15
    • If you would like to this in parti-colored combo –  use that selection in the drop down and specify which two colors you would like (limited to colors listed in swatches below)
    • One size fits most
    • All interior seams enclosed or finished
    • No visible machine stitching


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Wool Colors:

Red, Burgundy, Royal Blue, Hunter Green, Purple, Black

Dark Brown, Camel, Patterned Wool (Please don’t hesitate to email, call or text us (708-502-1937) with any questions about available patterned wools)

Head-coverings were a critical component of dress in the Middle Ages. Hoods were common with men and women of all classes, and came in a wide variety of forms: long tailed or liripipe, short-tailed, dagged or straight hems, either pull-over or with an open front that was buttoned or pinned closed. Only the sumptuousness of the fabric, elaborateness of the dagging, or extreme length of the tail distinguished the hood of a duke from that of a villein. Men wore their hoods alone or with a plain linen coif beneath or a hat over, while women seem to have worn the hoods alone or with a wimple. In general, the most extreme version of this style with the longest tail or, liripipe, was typical in the mid to late fourteenth century while our short-tailed version is more typical of earlier fourteenth century portrayals. It is offered in the same colors as our popular linen tunics, cottes and gowns. Made of 100% linen this hood is joined in the front for the ease of pull-over wear and is a cool and authentic solution to keeping the sun at bay.

Drawing after The Poems of Piers the Ploughman circa 1377 in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge, England

Drawing after Les tres belles Heures de Notre-Dame du duc Jean de Berry MS. 11 060-61l circa 1380 in the Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique, Brussells, Belgium

Drawing after a detail of a misericord in Glouchester Cathedral circa 1350, Glouchester, England

Drawing after the Warwick Psalter – Hours for Sarum Use, MS M.893, fol. 6v, circa 1430, in London England

Drawing after Book of Hours for Rome Use, MS M.287, fol.64v, circa 1445 in The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Pennsylvania, USA

woman in a linen Kirtle and a matching linen Short-tailed hood with a Decorative Belt at the waist.

Woman in a royal blue Linen Frontlaced Gown with a pair of gold linen Half-Sleeves. She wears a wimple under her red wool short-tailed hood and holds a tasseled pouch.

1 review for Wool Short-tail Hood

  1. Stephen Vandevander (verified owner)

    The hood is great! It is wool, but not too bulky, so I could see wearing it three seasons out of four. It’s practical, warm, and the stitching is good. The gray and black pattern is period, an breaks up the outline of the head, effectively acting as camouflage, which matters to me as I do a forester persona, and hunt in this. Now if they would just make their dagged hood in that pattern as well!

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